The Lion King

1994 G 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Lion King

1994 G 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD
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The highest-grossing animated film of the 20th century follows a young lion cub named Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Matthew Broderick) who can't wait to be king. But his uncle (Jeremy Irons) craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing -- even killing his own brother -- to get it.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Jeremy Irons
  • James Earl Jones
  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas
  • Moira Kelly
  • Nathan Lane
  • Ernie Sabella
  • Robert Guillaume
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Niketa Calame
  • Cheech Marin
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Madge Sinclair
  • Jim Cummings
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Reviews

age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Lion King is considered one of Disney's greatest animated musicals, but it does have some scary moments. The most disturbing violence is the death of Simba's father, Mufasa, by a stampede of wildebeests. The bloodthirsty hyenas, who scavenge for food and threaten Simba and his friends, are also frightening. But despite a few sad sequences and a few evil characters, the overall message is one of hope, love, and family responsibility. Note: The movie's 2011 theatrical rerelease is in 3D, which adds to the intensity of the more frightening scenes.

Sexual Content

Chaste flirting between Simba and Nala, who are eventual mates.

Violence

There are some seriously scary scenes and bloody fights between animals. In one harrowing sequence, a father lion is trampled to death by a stampede of wildebeest after saving his cub. That parental death is a pivotal point in the movie, and it haunts the son throughout the second half of the film. Another lion is responsible for his brother's death and later tries to get rid of his nephew. A group of hyenas terrorizes two cubs and eventually acts as a scavenger army. A character is killed by hyenas, but viewers don't see the actual murder.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

The Lion King focuses on the idea of family, love, and sacrifice. Mufasa's willingness to save Simba exhibits unconditional love. As Simba grows up, he comes to understand that he has a responsibility to his father's kingdom to take his place.

Consumerism

While there's no consumerism in the movie itself, this is one of Disney's biggest blockbusters and has myriad merchandise tie-ins, including video games, toys, straight-to-DVD sequels and even a Broadway musical.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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